Contrasting Hut 8 Mining (NASDAQ:HUT) & AcuityAds (NYSE:ATY)

Hut 8 Mining (NASDAQ:HUTGet Rating) and AcuityAds (NYSE:ATYGet Rating) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, dividends, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Hut 8 Mining and AcuityAds’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hut 8 Mining -27.23% 4.99% 4.40%
AcuityAds 4.04% 4.37% 3.34%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Hut 8 Mining and AcuityAds’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hut 8 Mining $138.64 million 2.77 -$58.02 million ($0.30) -7.33
AcuityAds $97.36 million 1.46 $8.42 million $0.07 33.43

AcuityAds has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Hut 8 Mining. Hut 8 Mining is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than AcuityAds, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Hut 8 Mining and AcuityAds, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hut 8 Mining 0 0 3 0 3.00
AcuityAds 0 4 3 0 2.43

Hut 8 Mining currently has a consensus price target of $7.67, indicating a potential upside of 248.48%. AcuityAds has a consensus price target of $6.13, indicating a potential upside of 161.75%. Given Hut 8 Mining’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Hut 8 Mining is more favorable than AcuityAds.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

15.3% of Hut 8 Mining shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 8.6% of AcuityAds shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Hut 8 Mining beats AcuityAds on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Hut 8 Mining (Get Rating)

Hut 8 Mining Corp. operates as a cryptocurrency mining company in North America. The company engages in industrial scale bitcoin mining operations. It also owns and operates 38 BlockBoxes in Drumheller, Alberta; and 51 BlockBoxes in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Hut 8 Mining Corp. was incorporated in 2011 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

About AcuityAds (Get Rating)

AcuityAds Holdings Inc., a technology company, provides digital media solutions. The company offers a programmatic marketing platform that enables advertisers to connect with their audiences across online display, video, social, and mobile campaigns. Its platform also allows advertisers to manage their purchasing of online display advertising in real-time using programmatic ad buying. The company serves Fortune 500 enterprises and small to mid-sized businesses in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. AcuityAds Holdings Inc. is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

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